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Jul 26, 2011

Tenjin matsuri crowd

This is completely unplanned, but here is temporary break from Hokkaido-themed posts, and it is not even related to Project Biwa!

The Tenjin matsuri (天神祭) concluded yesterday, here in Osaka, and I joined friends for the final fireworks.

Such fireworks, known here as hanabi (花火), are a cornerstone of the Japanese summer, and I was not going to miss my first opportunity of the year.

Pictures of the actual fireworks are available in this other post, and you can also have a look at the video I uploaded on YouTube over here. In today's post, I wanted to focus on the always-colourful matsuri crowds.


As always for such events, a number of people had brought their best gear, and were ready for the fireworks hours before it actually started.

Such events also bring out cute couples of all ages, such as this young duo.

It is not difficult to understand why. The atmosphere is always very friendly, and a night under the fireworks is undoubtedly enjoyable. These two were definitely feeling the romance in the air.

A good proportion of kids were also wearing their best yukata, and this regularly involved Hello Kitty...

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